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Selfie app for anaemia wins Microsoft cup

Posted August 8, 2014
Monash medical students Jennifer Tang (left), Jarrel Seah (middle), and Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella (right)

Monash medical students Jennifer Tang (left), Jarrel Seah (middle), and Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella (right)

Two Monash University medical students have taken home the Microsoft Imagine Cup for their selfie app for anaemia.

Jarrel Seah and Jennifer Tang beat more than 33,000 students worldwide to take out the top prize. Jarrel and Jennifer’s Eyenaemia app is a simple, non-invasive and easily accessible screening tool for anaemia.

Eyenaemia analyses the conjunctiva and calculates the risk of anaemia, putting years of medical training into the hands of untrained users.

Jarrel and Jennifer took home $50,000 and the Imagine Cup in front of 3,900 Microsoft’s global employees attending the TechReady19 event at the Washington State Convention Centre last week.

The pair have also won the incredible opportunity to sit down with Microsoft Founder Bill Gates for a private mentoring session and they will receive an invitation to work with Microsoft YouthSpark for a week.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told the 125 students and 34 teams who made the finals that everyone who was a finalist should think of themselves as a winner – especially since the competition began with 33,000 students.

Associate Professor Christopher Wright – Academic Director, Clinical Programs, said that Jarrel and Jennifer were exceptionally talented people.

“Their win speaks to their technical capability, their communication skills and their vision for the role of technology in the delivery of health care – particularly to the developing world,” Associate Professor Wright said.

“It’s very important we understand that the skills required to be a great medical student, and eventually a great doctor, are not incompatible with having a deep interesting in computer science, mathematics and physics. Jarrel and Jennifer have all the technical ability in the world, a deep empathy with their patients and the ability to listen and explain.

“We hope that Jarrel and Jennifer’s outstanding success will be an inspiration for other Monash medical students to pursue their dreams.”

Source: Monash University

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